The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan hit close to home for students at Carmel Academy, which shares its campus with the Greenwich Japanese School.
In the weeks following the tragedy, students, staff and families at the Greenwich day school bonded together in a quest to help ease the pain felt by their neighbors by folding 1,000 origami cranes. The cranes, as per the Japanese tradition, symbolize Carmel Academy’s wish for Japan’s swift and smooth recovery. In the days that followed, students from all grades enthusiastically embraced the project. The cranes began amassing and the school started a daily crane count.
On the one-month anniversary of the earthquake, Carmel students proudly presented the 1,000 cranes to the students at the Greenwich Japanese School. Along with the presentation, Carmel Academy also made a donation to the Japanese relief efforts – a donation made possible by a second grade-sponsored book fair and an eighth grade snack sale. With the help of matching gifts, the school was able to donate $6,000 to the relief efforts in honor of the Greenwich Japanese School.
“The 1000 paper cranes are so beautiful, and we were all touched by your generous gift,” Yasuyuki Uchino, Greenwich Japanese School principal, wrote in a letter to the Carmel community. “We will make sure that your thoughts and generosity will go towards helping those in need.”
“We are so very proud of our entire community for joining as one in participating in this act of tikkun olam, repairing the world,” said Carmel Academy Head of School Nora Anderson. “We hope that our cranes will truly be the harbingers of healing to a country that has been through so much.”
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